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Toyo Tire Recall

Wholesale tire distributors and tire retailers should pay attention to the latest recall from Toyo, which has just been government-mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Luckily the safety recall affects less than 5,000 Toyo and Nitto brand tires. The reason for the recall? These tires were made with an out-of-spec rubber compound that may fail, causing tread sections to detach and lead to loss of control or a crash. The tires being recalled were manufactured at the Sendai plant in Japan during a 2-week period in September 2010. Toyo officials estimate that 588 tires were made with the faulty rubber compound.

Ther following P-metric and metric sizes are included in this safety recall campaign, depending on the DOT Serial number.

Toyo Versado CUV: P245/55R19 103T, P235/55R20 102T, 235/55R18 100V, P255/65R18 109S.

Toyo Versado LX II: 215/60R16 95V.

Toyo Open Country A/T: LT285/70R17 121S.

Toyo Tourevo LS II: 245/45R18 96V.

Nitto Terra Grappler: 255/55R18 109S.

If you own these Toyo tires, inspect them to make sure that they are not affected by this recall. If you are not sure how to perform the inspection, take them to a local tire dealer or tire wholesaler.

Any customers affected by the recall will receive free replacement tires as well as coverage for all expenses related to mounting and balancing the replacements.



Filed under: Tire News, Tire Recalls, Tire Safety, Toyo Tires

Firestone Firehawk GT Tires Named OE Model for 2011 Challenger & Charger

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A 20 inch version of The Firestone Firehawk GT has just been named the original equipment tire for the 2011 models of the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger. The Firehawk GT is an all-season, V-rated tire that has enjoyed positive reviews from consumers using it as an aftermarket replacement.

Bridgestone (makers of the Firehawk) said it will outfit the Challenger and Charger with specially designed and engineered tires in size 245/45R20 99V. The Firehawk GT will be included on 2011 Charger with R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track, R/T Max packages and Wheels & Tunes and Rally Appearance Groups.

Michael Martini, president, original equipment, U.S. and Canada Consumer Tire Sales Division, Bridgestone, had this to say: “The Charger and Challenger are icons of motorsports culture, known for their incredible performances both on the road and on the silver screen,” said “The Firestone brand has its own iconic status when it comes to on-road performances in America and linking these brands together is very exciting for us.”

Tire wholesalers looking for a good OE buy would be wise to stock up on these Firehawk models. Hopefully they will be available in OE sizing before Bridgestone’s planned price increase on April 1st.

Filed under: Firestone Tires, Original Equipment Tires

Bridgestone set to raise tire prices (again) on April 1st

No April Fool’s joke here – Bridgestone has announced that it will raise prices on wholesale tires yet again on April 1st, 2011. In an announcement, Bridgestone blamed “unprecdented” increases in raw materials and transportation costs. The 8% price hike will affect consumer replacement tires and original equipment tires in the U.S. and Canada.

“While we are always working to balance costs and deliver a premium package of value to our customers, these extraordinary increases in costs related to manufacturing make these price adjustments necessary,” says Larry Magee, BATO’s U.S. and Canada consumer tire president.

Bridgestone last raised prices on its wholesale Bridgestone tires on November 1st. That was also an 8% hike, but only affected U.S. markets.

What does this mean for businesses and consumers? Well, if you were in the market for Bridgestone tires, make sure to buy them as soon as possible. And if you’re an automotive business or tire retailer, make sure to stock up on popular wholesale Bridgestone tires before this hike has a chance to chip away at your profit margin!

Filed under: Bridgestone Tires, Tire News